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Title: A question for Gaelic speakers
Posted by: Andrew Lancaster
Date: 10 June 2005

Dear Donald

In England, Living was at least sometimes a way of spelling the name which in Old English was sometimes written as Leofwin. No one claims this was "German" as such, but the name is Germanic. The English language is Germanic, but quite different from the modern standard language of Germany and Austria.

Secondly I don't think we need to assume only two origins to the name anymore than we need to assume one origin.

Thirldy, I'll throw a wild card: let's say there were multiple origins to both the Maclea name and the Livingstone name. How do we know those multiple families did not sometimes take up each others spelling conventions thinking that they were just different parts of the same family, thus totally confusing people trying to retrace what happened? Just to give a great example, one of Rob's ideas which comes from DNA evidence and documentary evidence is that the leaders of the Maclea clan might have originally had their name derived from "Leofwin" via a town in Cumbria, and not even the one in West Lothian. Then again, might that part of Britain not have had Welsh names in the mix also?

But more to the point the Living who established Livingston in West Lothian might have been a man with a Gaelic name that was anglicised by the Northumbrians of the area. After all he lived in an area where two major languages met. 

Best Regards
Andrew

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